Dorothy Alice Traeger, 96, of Wausau passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Our House Senior Living, Wausau, with her sister at her side. She was born July 14, 1921, in Eland, the daughter of the late Charles and Elda (Tietz) Westfahl. On July 21, 1945, she married Robert Traeger at her parents’ home in Eland.
Dorothy was a devoted wife and mother, always taking care of her family’s needs first. When her children where grown and out of the house she went back to work as an Administrative Assistant for the engineering department at Drott Manufacturing, Wausau, until her retirement in 1985. That year she started volunteering at Aspirus Wausau Hospital and logged over 24,000 hours for over 30 years.
Dorothy had a strong faith in God and was a member of Saint Stephen Lutheran Church, Wausau. Over the years she was active serving on the church council, singing in the choir and helping with the Women of St. Stephen.
Survivors include daughters, Jacqueline (Joel) Hamers, Crown Point, IN; Debra (Thomas) Ralph, Wausau; grandsons, Robert (Lydia Murphy- Ralph) Ralph, Minneapolis, MN; Andrew (Allie Holdmann) Ralph, Eau Claire and her sister Aletha Westfahl, Wausau.
Dorothy was further preceded in death by her husband Robert and two brothers, Raland and Ervin Westfahl.
The funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday June 23, 2018 at Saint Stephen Lutheran Church, 512 McClellan St. Wausau. Reverend Jen Dahle will officiate. Visitation will be at church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau, following funeral service.
The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff at Our House for the exceptional care given to Dorothy. You may sign the family guest book at helke.com